Solar FAQs

Common Questions About Solar Energy

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Check out our list of frequently asked questions about solar energy for your home, farm, community or business. Got a question you don’t see on the list? Give us a call, we’d love to chat with you!

How do I save money?
Savings come from the difference between a financed monthly payment and what your utility bill would be without solar. When you purchase, you lock in your power cost, and savings grow as utility rates continue to rise year after year.

How much does implementing solar cost?

Most customers choose to finance their solar system. There are many financing and leasing options available (check the Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba incentives pages). In most cases, your payment will be less than your power bill from the utility. Your savings over the lifetime of the system can be substantial.

How do I know if my panels are producing?
Systems equipped with an energy monitoring program can be viewed in real time on any computer, smartphone or tablet. You can see the production history and get alerts for any problems that may occur.

How does net metering work?
Your home will have a two-way meter. When your system is producing more power than you’re using, the power gets sent back to the utility grid, and you receive credit. When you use more power than you are producing, say during the night, you draw on your credits from the utility grid.

Do solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?
The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. The prairies have great capacity for solar energy as they receive more sunny days than most places in Canada. Solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night.

What happens if there is snow on solar panels?
Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow, they can’t produce electricity. MiEnergy installs solar panels at an angle, so in most cases, snow slides right off. If snow does gather on your panels, a quick sweep is all they need to get back to producing.

Will solar work on my home?
Not every home has the same solar potential. Unobstructed southern exposure is necessary to maximize energy harvesting. If your home is not adequate, we won’t sell you a system. It’s just that simple.

How does solar impact my property values?
Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation, likely around $10,000.

How much will solar energy maintenance cost?
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, MiEnergy will be there with our PowerPledge guarantee to get you back up and running.

How do I get started?
It’s simple: receive a free no obligation quote by contacting us here, and we will have a MiEnergy Energy Advisor contact you to provide a customized analysis of your needs.

What do you need from me to get started?
1-year summary – 2 years is better – of your electricity bills. Plus, the location of your land or your address – we can design your system based on that.

Can I further insure my panels?
Yes, solar array systems can be added onto an existing home insurance package

What about solar shingles?
Solar shingles are the latest innovation in the solar industry, but they aren’t quite ready for mass commercialization just yet. As soon as it becomes feasible, miEnergy will be the first in our market to make it part of our offerings.

Can I expand on an existing system?
Yes, we can always expand your system down the road.

What products and hardware do you use?
We partner with manufacturers that offer the best products accompanied with the best warranties. It’s our responsibility to deliver the best of the best in the industry to our customers, which allows us to guarantee your production with our PowerPledge.

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